How to support home learning

Follow this guidance to create a positive learning environment at home

Be realistic about what you can do 

  • You're not expected to become teachers and your children aren't expected to learn as they do in school. Simply providing your children with some structure at home will help them to adapt.

Use the tips below to help you make this work for your household

  • Experiment in the first week, then take stock. What's working and what isn't? Ask your children, involve them too
  • Share the load if there are 2 parents at home. Split the day into 2-3 hour slots and take turns so you can do your own work
  • Take care of your own health and wellbeing. This will be new for your entire household, so give it time to settle. Take a look at the links at the end of this factsheet for some advice on mental health and wellbeing

Keep to a timetable wherever possible

  • Create and stick to a routine if you can. This is what children are used to. For example, eat breakfast at the same time and make sure they're dressed before starting the ‘school’ day – avoid staying in pyjamas!
  • Involve your children in setting the timetable where possible.It’s a great opportunity for them to manage their own time better and it’ll give them ownership
  • Check in with your children and try to keep to the timetable, but be flexible. If a task/activity is going well or they want more time, let it extend where possible
  • If you have more than 1 child at home, consider combining their timetables. For example, they might exercise and do maths together – see what works for your household
  • Designate a working space if possible, and at the end of the day have a clear cut-off to signal school time is over
  • Stick the timetable up on the wall so everyone knows what they should be doing when, and tick activities off throughout the day
  • Distinguish between weekdays and weekends, to separate school life and home life


Make time for exercise and breaks throughout the day

  • Start each morning with a PE lesson at 9am with Joe Wicks
  • If you have a garden, use it regularly. If you don’t, try to get out once a day as permitted by the government (households can be together outdoors but 2 metres apart from others)
  • Get your children to write in a diary what they did each day– this can be a clear sign that the ‘school’ day has ended

Other activities to keep children engaged throughout the day

  • Where you have more freedom in the timetable, make time for other activities. Add some creative time or watch a dance video from Go Noodle to get the heart-rate going
  • Get your children to write postcards to their grandparents or to pen pals
  • Ask grandparents to listen to your children read on FaceTime (or ask grandparents to read to younger children)
  • Give them chores to do so they feel more responsible about the daily routine at home
  • Ask them to help you cook and bake 
  • Accept that they'll probably watch more TV/spend time on their phone – that's ok but you might want to set/agree some screen time limits




Competition Time!

A message from Sustrans about a "Pattern and Place" stay-at-home project for school kids in East Bristol 



We’re asking school children in East Bristol to help us with a ‘Pattern and Place’ project to explore local identity and influence designs for patterns and signage on the Bristol Bath Railway Path. This is part of the ongoing OnePath: BS5 community redesign project. Visit for more information.


We’ve put together a project children can complete from home during the covid-19 lockdown. Take a look at the materials attached:

  • 1 page summary: guidance for kids taking part in the Pattern and Place project, including a description of the task and how to submit their contributions.
  • Assembly PowerPoint presentation: provides a more interactive background about the Pattern and Place project, including some history of the Bristol Bath Railway Path and information about how the OnePath: BS5 community redesign of the path has progressed so far.

These documents can also be downloaded from the OnePath: BS5 website.


If you know anyone who has children at school in East Bristol, please do encourage them to take part. The more the merrier! Please forward this email to them so they have all the details.


See the 1 page summary for full information on how to get involved. The deadline for contributions is Friday 17 July 2020 (5pm).


I’ll be available to answer any questions, so please get in touch if you have any. Thanks for taking part!


Best wishes,

Han Brittain

South Officer | Sustrans South Delivery Team | Sustrans


Dear Parents and Carers, 

Please find a selection of classwork and suggested activities that can be undertaken by our children at home. We have tried to combine online learning with more traditional activities. Use the links to Year Groups to find the supporting materials.

Year Group 

May Park Primary

Regular Practice

Enhanced Activities 

Year 6

Reading - 40-60 minutes a day

Spellings - Practicing spellings from the KS2 Year 5/6 spelling list

SATs preparation: 

Mini reading tests (CGP booklets)

Arithmetic  (CGP style)

Shape and space- crib sheets and new learning

Year 5

Reading - 40-60 minutes a day

Spellings - Practicing spellings from the KS2 Year 5/6 spelling list

Maths - 1 sheet of practise a day

SPAG - 1 sheet of practise a day

Writing - 2 writing activities a week


Maths revision packs 


Year 4

Reading - 40-60 minutes a day

Maths: TT Rockstars – 30 minutes a day 

Spellings - Practicing spellings from the KS2 Year 3/4 spelling list

Writing- Write a story about a great hero who battles against a powerful monster. Use the skills we have been working on. Write one paragraph a day. See additional sheet with other activities.

Creativity Enquiry Task

Spelling / writing tasks 

Year 3

Reading - 40-60 minutes a day

Spellings - Practicing spellings from the KS2 Year 3/4 spelling list

English booklet

This includes tasks based on previous work;

apostrophes, commas and homophones

Maths Booklet

x3, x4 x8 times table activities, word problems, money, addition and subtraction calculations.

Handwriting booklet

 Based on homophones

Enquiry Project 

Based on our topic “What does it mean to be healthy.”

Year 2

Reading - 40 minutes a day

Spellings - Practicing spellings from  the year ½ spelling list

TImes Tables - daily practice on Times Tables Rock Stars


5x daily writing activities (nouns, verbs, tenses, 2x grammar practice questions)


5x daily activities (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, reasoning with number, reasoning with geometry, measure and statistics)

Reading booklet 1

5x daily activities based on KS1 SATs Reading Paper 1

Reading booklet 2

5x daily activities based on KS1 SATs Reading Paper 2


Research schools in other countries. Design and build a model of your own school. Explain why they have designed it in this way.

Year 1

Reading - 40 minutes a day

Spellings - Practicing spelling words with sounds from phase 3 and phase 5 as well as tricky words up to phase 5.

Maths booklet

Counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, number bonds to 10/20, word problems, addition and subtraction.

English booklet

5x daily writing activities including handwriting activities.

Phonics booklet

Phase 3 and phase 5 activities, retaining and writing sentences using phase 3 and phase 5 activities.


‘Animals’ home learning project. 

‘The world around us’ home learning project.


Reading: Parents to read with their children. Children must read out loud to their parents and have their parents read to them. 


Count with their children to 20. Work on recognising the numbers, putting them in order.  

Do simple addition sums using things around the house like grapes/cookies/toilet rolls.  

Use hands for simple sums for number bonds to 5 and 10. 



Get the children to write a sentence every day, using the phoneme sounds. Talk about finger spaces between words and a full stop at the end. This could be in the form of a diary.  


Learning through play

Get as much outdoor play as possible. It is important for children to stay active here are a few websites that can give children some physical exercise you can watch on youtube;

  1.  Gonoodle
  2. Joe Wicks children
  3. Just dance
  4. Cosmic kids yoga
  5. Jack Hartmann


Share lots of books and stories with your children.

Join in with your child’s play to help with their language development. 

Please see the Nursery page on the school website for some activities and ideas for learning through play at home.

Have a look at for more great ideas.